This shot actually came from the archives of
American Airlines. The Fairchild had been
operated by Colonial Air Transport as NC8004, and then latterly,
Airways, which were companies
operating under the
octopus-like AVCO (Aviation
Corporation) conglomerate. AVCO was to consolidate them
in1930 into American Airways.
Presumably this Fairchild was in
operation by Canadian Colonial when this 1929
shot was taken.
aircraft continued flying in Canada until 1947 when it was destroyed by
fire at Cold Lake,
Alberta when exhaust flames ignited its fabric after an engine